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Leather and rain?

Hi,

I've got my first leather jacket a few days ago and I'm wondering if the jacket can be worn on a rainy days. It feels so good that I don't want to remove it. But I don't want to screw it neither.

The jacket is the waxy natural cowhide from the 50's, style #519.

Any input is appreciated,

Cheers!

Dani

winterland on 12/08/19 at 07:53 PM

Schott will be able to give you facts about that specific leather but traditionally a quality leather motorcycle jacket should love being in the rain.
Wetting a new leather jacket is one way to help break them in. 
They should be able to take it. Enjoy. 
Just be careful to not use waterproofing conditioners unless recommended by the manufacturer. 



 

Gail on 12/09/19 at 04:21 PM

Rain will not hurt the leather, unless you are caught in a drenching rain, that can cause the jacket to become stiff and need some conditioning. Always let the jacket air dry fully before storing. Never apply a waterproofing product to the jacket as it will seal the pores, leather needs to breathe, sealing will dry out the leather.

Gail

Dani on 12/10/19 at 04:09 AM

Thanks for the input Gail.

I'm coming from a place that sudden drenching rain occurs, and I would like to know if I can risk or not. 

So, in the unfortunate event that my jacket get soaked I should just leave it to air dry and that's it?

If becomes stiff after dry, is there any conditioning I can do by myself or better to send it to some professional?

I have researched in the forum and the mink oil is something I have seen a few times, but I'm not sure for which case. 

and, in the case of any treatment, can the conditioning change the color of the leather? 

The jacket is brown

Thanks for your time,

Dani

 

Dani on 12/10/19 at 04:23 AM

winterland wrote:

Schott will be able to give you facts about that specific leather but traditionally a quality leather motorcycle jacket should love being in the rain.
Wetting a new leather jacket is one way to help break them in. 
They should be able to take it. Enjoy. 
Just be careful to not use waterproofing conditioners unless recommended by the manufacturer. 



 

Thanks for your input.

Just wondering for the "shower" rains we've got in the place I'm coming from, and double checking if the waxy kind of leather can really take it.

I have read that it can even shrink after a good shower

Gail on 12/11/19 at 12:04 PM

Since you live in a area that seems to get a lot of Rainey downpours you will have to be a little more careful with getting the jacket soaked many times. AS I mention it will need to be conditioned as the leather will dry stiff when soaked, think of a pair of leather gloves when they get soaked (usually mine get wet when I clean snow off my car) they get stiff and become a little tighter to get on. Consistent wetness can also cause the leather to dry out.

Gail

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